The premise of this group is good, but it starts off incorrectly.
First, "assault weapons" are fully automatic weapons. If you want assualt styled weapons banned, think, they are no more dangerous than any other semi-automatic weapon. So either ask for all semi-automatic weapons to be banned, or shut up.
Next, what is a "safer" hand gun?
Last week was the 25th anniversary of the Dunblane mass shooting. Gun ownership was severely curtailed and there has been one mass shooting since then in 2010 and deaths caused by firearms are very rare int he UK.
Obviously the USA is a totally different case because of the gun culture and proliferation of guns in the country but if there was a will it could gradually change.
Most people understand that "assault weapons" in common usage means large capacity magazine fed semi-automatic rifles based on a military design. In fact the only people who claim not to understand this are gun nuts trying to confuse the issue because there are no reasonable sporting, self defense, or hunting reasons for such weapons to be in civilian hands.
They are designated as semi automatic in the pending legislation and if all semiautomatic rifles are equal than the ban would not affect legitimate sportsmen since the guns outlawed are the overwhelming favorite of mass shooters(civilian versions of military rifles).
I posted. this; and someone on FB reported it as "fake news'...is this factual?
"On March 15th, 2019, a white supremacist killed 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand.
On 3/21/19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern proposed a ban on semi-automatic weapons.
On 4/10/19, that law passed.
Since that day, there have been 1,145 mass shootings in the United States.
And NONE - not one...in New Zealand".